Elena graduated from Kemerovo State University as a geoecology specialist (a diploma with honours) and a post-graduate course at the Ecology and Natural Sciences chair; she is a co-author of “Mechanic-Hydraulic Reclamation of Disturbed Land” patent. Elena is a certified specialist in environmental audit and occupational health and safety (certified by Det Norske Veritas (DNV) to ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001:1999 standards). Within the qualification upgrade framework Elena also did courses in sustainable development, environmental law, mine closure, rehabilitation and conversion of territories in the USA and in the UK. She was twice a co-manager, trainer and coordinator of international and social grant projects. Several times she was awarded for promotion of environmental initiatives and nonconventional approach to solving nature use and environmental protection issues by the collegium of Novokuznetsk Town Administration, Kemerovo Oblast Administration, Centre for Environmental Policy and Culture. The key qualifications include: environmental audits (pre-sales, within the reserve valuation and IPO preparation framework), Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), development of design and regulatory documentation in the area of waste handling. Elena participated in projects in different regions of Russia (Novosibirsk, Kemerovo, Samara, Rostov, Moscow, Sakhalin Oblasts, Krasnoyarsk Krai, Zabaikalsky Krai, Republics of Khakassia, Sakha-Yakutia and North Ossetia-Alania as well as performed work of environmental impact assessment of mining activities in Ukraine and Kazakhstan.
Financial Evaluation of Environmental Liabilities of Enterprises. Disturbed Land Remediation.
Assessment of environmental obligations is an important component in planning of production activities, as well as an effective management framework to control potential environmental risks. Environmental obligations include: current environmental payments for negative environmental impacts; payment for services of third-party organizations (engaged in monitoring over environmental components, waste transportation and disposal, and project support for production activities); and capital expenditures for implementation of environmental activities (construction of water treatment facilities, waste disposal facilities, installation of gas cleaning equipment, etc). In a long-term planning, the most significant and financially costly item of the environmental budget is decommissioning of facilities. An integrated approach to planning of a facility closure work, as well as a financial assessment of the disturbed land reclamation and polluted territory remediation works, allows setting up a closure fund on environmentally competent and objective basis.